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Singular They

Playing the name game

Happy as Larry

What do these phrases mean?

1 to keep up with the Joneses

a. to make sure you have the same expensive things as your friends because you don't want to appear less important than they are

Wednesday, 2 May, 2012, 12:00am

Letters from the dorm

The international prospectus of each British boarding school should have, in my opinion, a large-print warning on its cover, stating in bold letters: 'Overseas students may be subject to tiresome stereotypes during their stays at boarding school.'

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am


Time to tackle doctor shortage

I am writing in response to the article 'We cannot give proper care, say doctors' (South China Morning Post, December 14).

It is unfair that patients get only five minutes of consultation, three minutes less than the recommended time.

9 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Communicating with others

The verbs say, speak, talk and tell have to do with the utterance of words or the expression of meaning. They refer to formal or informal vocal exchanges.

Say To say something means to use your voice to produce words: 'I'll always love you,' said Roger.

22 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Avoiding gender bias

WE write to congratulate Greg Torode on his care to avoid gender-biased language in his piece on the Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill (South China Morning Post, April 30).

3 May 1994 - 12:00am